Club DetailsClub AberdeenClub Nick Names The DonsStadium Pittodrie StadiumFounded 14 April 1903
Club ManagementChairman Stewart MilneManager Derek McInnesAssistant Coach Tony DochertyGoalkeeping Coach Gordon Marshall
Aberdeen Football Club (also known as The Dons) is a Scottish professional football club based in Aberdeen, Scotland. They compete in the Scottish Premiership and have never been relegated from the top division of the Scottish football league system since they were promoted in 1905, despite twice finishing within the relegation zone. Aberdeen have won four Scottish league titles, seven Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups. They are also the only Scottish team to have won two European trophies, having won the European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup in 1983.
Formed in 1903 as a result of the amalgamation of three clubs from Aberdeen, they rarely challenged for honours until the post war decade, when they won each of the major Scottish trophies under manager Dave Halliday. This level of success was surpassed in the 1980s, when, under the management of Alex Ferguson, they won three league titles, four Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup, alongside the two European trophies. Aberdeen were the last club outside the Old Firm to win a league title, in 1984–85, and also the last Scottish team to win a European trophy. The team has enjoyed less success since this golden era, though a 19-year wait for a major trophy was ended by winning the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup.
Aberdeen have played at Pittodrie Stadium since their inception. The ground currently has a capacity of 20,866 and was the first all-seated and all-covered stadium in the United Kingdom. Pittodrie was also the first football stadium to feature a dug-out, an invention of player and coach Donald Colman.
The club's colours have been primarily red and white since 1939; before this, they played in black and gold vertical stripes. In modern times, Aberdeen have almost exclusively played with all-red strips with white detailing. Aberdeen attract support from the city and surrounding areas, as they are the only senior team within a wide area. Aberdeen have no geographically close rivals; their nearest neighbours at the same level are in the city of Dundee.
Aberdeen's first trophy was the Southern League Cup in 1946, which was won after a 3-2 win against Rangers. Their first national trophy win was the Scottish Cup in 1947. Aberdeen's first Scottish League Cup victory came in 1955.
In 1983, Aberdeen won two European trophies, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup. The 1980s was Aberdeen's most successful in terms of trophies won, with three league championships, four Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups added to the two European trophies. Aberdeen's most recent trophy win was in 2014, when they defeated Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish League Cup final.
Scottish Top Tier: (4)
- Scottish First Division – 1954–55
Scottish Premier Division – 1979–80, 1983–84,1984–85
- Runners-up (16): 1910–11, 1936–37, 1955–56, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1993–94, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- 1946–47, 1969–70, 1981–82,1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90
- Runners-up (9): 1936–37, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1958–59, 1966–67, 1977–78, 1992–93, 1999–00, 2016–17
Scottish League Cup
- 1955–56, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1995–96, 2013–14
- Runners-up (8): 1946–47, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 1999–00, 2016–17
Southern League Cup: 1
Drybrough Cup: 2
- 1971–72, 1980–81
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 11982–83
- Semi-final: 1983–84
UEFA Super Cup: 1